A convicted sex offender already facing charges that he twice visited a fast-food restaurant playground in Raleigh is now accused of taking indecent liberties with a minor, authorities said.
Jefferson Benjamin Simmons, 52, of Raleigh, is charged with one count of indecent liberties with a child involving a Jan. 18 incident, according to arrest warrants filed with in the Wake County Magistrate's Office. The child involved was under the age of 16, the warrants say.
Simmons is being held in the Wake County jail on a $250,000 bond on the latest charge. Court documents noted he is "considered a danger."
Simmons' other charges relate to visits authorities said he made to the playground at the McDonald's restaurant at 4121 Blue Ridge Road on Jan. 18 and Jan. 19 in violation of conditions placed on him as a convicted sex offender.
Simmons, of 3704 Hillcrest Drive, was convicted in 1996 in Guilford County on a charge of indecent liberties with a minor, according to the N.C. Department of Justice Sex Offender Registry. The victim in the case was 14, the registry says.
Simmons, who has 17 aliases, was also convicted in 2005 in Wake County of assault on the handicapped and in 1984 in Wake County for taking indecent liberties with a child.
"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
"On average most sex offenders are never caught again for a new sex offense, after five years, between 10 and 15 percent of sex offenders are detected, often convicted, of committing a new sex offense. If you follow them for ten years the rates go up somewhat, if you follow them as long as we’ve been able to follow them, which is about 20 years, the rates go up to somewhere between 30 to 40 percent of the total sample will eventually be caught for a new sex offense."Dr. R. Karl Hansen